Shakespeare Saturday: Shakespeare’s Curse

Happy Saturday, dear readers! I’m just gonna drop a quick tidbit on the Bard for you all today… I’ve got a lengthy topic I’d love to tackle soon, but I don’t have the time to write it, or – quite frankly – the concentration to do it justice this weekend. So here it is, the big reveal: the epitaph on Shakespeare’s grave wards off would-be grave robbers with a curse. AND it was written by Shakespeare himself. Ooooooo!

Yes, William Shakespeare died April 23rd, 1616. He was 52 years old, which isn’t half bad when you consider that the average life expectancy ranged between 30 and 40 years. Though we don’t necessarily know what killed him, we do know that he apparently had the wherewithal to pen the epitaph which is now over his tomb. The couplet was intended to thwart grave robbers, who were notorious for plundering England’s cemeteries at the time.

The verse reads: “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.”

It can still be seen at the church in Stratford where Shakespeare is buried. Also, side note, it obviously did the trick, since Shakespeare’s remains have yet to be disturbed.

Yaaaas, Shakespeare, weeeerk!

See you tomorrow for something decidedly silly!!!

-A

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